We spend a few hours in Usuki on the island of Kyushu. Its an old castle town known for Buddhas sculptures carved into the natural cliffs during the 12th century. My wife had seen these carvings a long time ago and wanted to see them again. The carvings had been restored recently and according to my wife its lost some of its character – for example some of the heads used to be on the ground but now have been repaired.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore the old town area of Usuki. We quickly passed through it and it looked like a place we’d very much want to come back and visit. There are numerous narrow stone paved streets. Since its a castle town, the streets are maze-like – a deterrent for a direct invasion onto the castle.
From Usuki, we made our way to Fukuoka.
Some unique and well designed trains in Kyushu – this one had wood floors.